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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,250
Gots: 193 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. I had a couple pints during a break for dinner while at the Belgian Beer Festival. Pure Hoppiness had a nice amber hue and a sizeable white head that left great sheets of lace behind. Great nose to this brew - lots of grapefruit peels and pine resins swirl about in a most enticing way. This was a tough brew to keep from just downing in a couple big gulps. It had a great velvety smooth creaminess that was packed with grapefruit juice-like flavor and a sprinkling of pine sap for added bitterness. The grapefruit peel/pine resins taste coated the tongue and left a long-lasting bitter kick, not to mention a couple potent hops-burps.
This offering from Alpine does credit to the West Coast IPA/imperial IPA style. The hops certainly pack a punch but the alcohol content is cleverly concealed. I can't wait to finally get to try it's sibling, Exponential Hoppiness.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a big, foamy, soapy, off-white head that leaves great lacing and decent retention. Gotta admit I'm a little disappointed after Duet being so good-looking. But I'm partial to unfiltered beers.

S: Amazing nose with a proper pour. My first pour was bad but halfway through the pint, a good swirl builds the head back up into a tall, fragrant pile of bubbles. Some sweet malt in there but this is all piney, resiny, woody hops. Sharp and pungent. Incredibly floral and fruity if you dig your nose in after a good swirl. But the sweet, reminiscent-of-honey malt keeps this tuned towards Imperial IPA. The hop is a beautiful thing.

T: Much sweeter than Duet. A more resiny and piney hop presence but the pronounced and lingering malt presence sets this apart noticeably. Much more balanced than Duet. Should I even be comparing the two? I just drank Duet but this is a IIPA, after all. Slightly boozy. Has all the qualities of the style. This is a big brew. Tons of hops and IBU's that leave the palate pretty worn out after the whole bottle.

M: Has that filtered feel to it. A more tingly, carbonated body. A very slight cloying aftertaste, surprisingly. Apart from all that, this is exactly what an Imperial IPA should be.

O: You really gotta let this beer warm up. Becomes exponentially better, as expected. After reading about this beer on Alpine's website, it sounds like an insane amount of hops were used. The IBU's are definitely really high and it's very "West Coast." Very unique and delicious beer. This should definitely be the last beer of the night.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this IPA Day gift!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves some lacing and retains a very nice cap.

Aroma is citrusy hops of grapefruit and orange, some pineapple, mango, and apricot, good floral notes along with a hint of pine as well as some light bready and caramel malt. Very good strength.

Flavor is some pretty serious resinous hops, grapefruit rind and apricot, not as complex as the aroma but delicious never-the-less. There is some caramel malt in the middle and overall great bitterness from start to finish. Minimal alcohol. I like ’em bitter and this delivers big time!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with good carbonation.

This is a killer DIPA! I love ’em around 8%, less malt, less booze, more hops and this delivers! Hop juice! Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm....

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4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Alpine Pure Hoppiness pours somewhere between tangerine and orange, with just a little bit of haze to it. There's about a finger of white foam serving as a head. Head retention is not bad, but lacing is fairly spotty. The nose is a complete hop bomb. It's a citrus-tropical overload, with pineapple and grapefruit shining through in particular. Orange and mango show up as well. There's just a barely there flash of sweetness at the start, before a loud, yet pleasant bitter bite briefly take over. The last flavor to come is a spot on recreation of that incredible hop bouquet from the nose. The body is nice and light, but with a certain creaminess to it that you don't always find in IPAs. The carbonation is fairly bubbly, adding a liveliness to the beer and the hops in particular. This is right up there with Nelson for inclusion in my top 5 IPA/IIPas, and cements Alpine as one of, if not the best breweries when it comes to hoppy beers.

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer I have wanted to try for a long time. Now that I got a hold of 3 bottles I couldn’t wait to crack it open. This poured out a hazy golden orange body with a tall off white head. As this was consumed sheets of lacing were left decorating the sides of the glass. The aroma was filled with citric hops as well as floral ones, this is one of the most hoppy aromas I have had the pleasure of smelling. Also noted in the scent was piney smells but not much malt was detectable at all. With the first sip you know you are in for an all out hop assault citric hops jump on your tongue, grab hold and don’t let go. Notes of pine and slightly sweet malt are present but take a back seat here. The after taste is bitter and dry leaving your mouth caked in a hoppy bitterness. Everything done with the hops is done big, but not to the point of excess. Mouthfeel is creamy and about medium. This goes down pretty easily considering the huge hoppiness of it. I was not disappointed at all with this, except that it is not readily available near me.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,190 ratings.